Why is it hard to find free wifi when you need it the most? The gradual disappearance of open wireless networks is a tragedy of the commons, with a confusing twist of privacy and security debate. The progressive locking of wireless networks is harmful — for convenience, for privacy and for efficient use of the electromagnetic spectrum. We will need a political and technological "Open Wireless Movement" to reverse the degradation of this indispensable component of the Internet's infrastructure.
EFF is pleased to announce our Second Annual DEF CON Getaway Contest! Proudly supporting the information security community, EFF would like the most enthusiastic digital rights EFFangelists to enjoy the world's premiere hacking event in style. Enter to win DC19 human badges, a suite at the Las Vegas Rio Hotel and Casino, exclusive Ninja Networks Party badges, passes to theSummit Party, and more! Just register and encourage your friends to contribute to EFF through your personalized referral link. The top three fundraisers will win big! Thanks from EFF. Read more about the contest and the swank Vegas prize packages on our site.
When Keith Cowing made an innocuous post about a meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology on his long-running science policy blog, he didn’t expect a phone call from a White House staffer objecting to Cowing's use of the the presidential seal.
The federal district court in Nevada held that the non-profit organization Center for Intercultural Organizing’s posting of a copyrighted news article was a non-infringing fair use, setting a powerful precedent for fair use and against copyright trolling.
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When you use the Internet, you entrust your online conversations, thoughts, experiences, locations, photos, and more to companies like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook. But what happens when the government asks these companies to hand over your private information? Sign our petition to urge leading Internet companies to stand with users!
EFF's Activism Director Rainey Reitman is the keynote speaker at ACLU of Sonoma County's annual dinner and celebration of the 2011 Jack Green Civil Liberties Award. Rainey will speak about "Your Privacy Under Attack: The Internet & You" as writer, comedian and winemaker Tom Smothers is honored.
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Date: May 6, 2011
It's time for everybody's favorite DIY event, Maker Faire! It's for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things. Swing by the EFF table from May 21-22 at the San Mateo County Event Center.
Date: May 21-22, 2011
Location: Bay Area